The political union of a woman and a man is a sacrament.
But that’s a bit of a stretch, according to the Sacrosanctum Concilium, which maintains the authority of the Catholic Church on marriage.
“The church does not forbid marriage, but it does not allow it to be a sacrament, for it recognizes the fact that marriage is a conjugal union and therefore cannot be considered a sacrament,” the organization wrote in a recent press release.
“There is no such thing as a sacrament as a political union, or even an intimate one.”
The Church has a long history of defending its doctrine on marriage, which has come under fire in recent years.
In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples could marry, but the court also declared that it would not enforce any specific federal or state marriage equality laws.
The same year, the United States Supreme Court also ruled that the Constitution protects the right to marry between a man and a girl.
The next year, a federal appeals court overturned the decision, and the Supreme Court will likely revisit it again in 2019.